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Man allegedly tells Atascadero officer of pot in car after traffic stop

A man was arrested in Atascadero on suspicion of possession and transportation of marijuana after a traffic stop.

At 11 p.m. Thursday, an officer stopped a car driven by Mathew Kohl on San Andres Avenue for a suspected lighting violation. The officer noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle and asked the driver and sole occupant of the car if he’d been smoking it, according to a press release from the police department.

Kohl allegedly told the officer he had not been smoking, then removed a baggy of marijuana from the center console and handed it to the officer. He then allegedly voluntarily said “I do have more in the car.”

A mason jar in the back seat allegedly had seven clear plastic Ziploc baggies, each containing about 7 grams of marijuana. The total weight of the marijuana seized was 57.1 grams.

Kohl then allegedly told the officer he had been selling marijuana for about a year, selling quarter-ounce amounts for $100. The officer allegedly found $783 in cash on Kohl, who is unemployed.

Kohl was taken to County Jail.

-Larissa Doust

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